Collecting Things

I wonder why it is I collect these little things. I know many people would regard my collecting as bothersome cluttering, but this does little to hinder my habit.

I like graphics, presentation, memories, details, sentiments and colours and all these things resonate with my urge to collect things...

I like vintage carded haberdashery. Everything looks so tidy and practical and their graphics are just perfect.

I found these in a hotel hospitality tray in Spain. Lovely and lively aren't they? Some collections I have are just temporary but thanks to photography, I can stare at them for longer.

Tickets and travel cards. These all have memories and adventures attached to them and I cannot bring myself to part with them. The travel cards will be used again so I cannot class them as clutter. Yay!

Character stamps. Hello Kitty from Japan and Moomin from Finland. Much more interesting than the Queen's head in my opinion.

Jokers. I started collecting these about 12 years ago but life was troublesome for me back then and events conspired that would result in me losing a collection of 20 fine cards. My collection was revived by two friends who gave me a wonderful selection of Jokers on my last birthday and I have continued to collect then again since.

Jokers joined the pack of modern playing cards at around 1863. I was inspired to collect them after reading Jostein Gaarder's Solitaire Mystery.

“A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He's not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He's not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn't belong there.”


  1. I love collections...my house is full of them!! My husband collects vintage boxes and stamps. And the boxes are full of old money as well. And I love Joker cards, I always keep them too. Love the word haberdashery, haha. It's just one of those words, I like to say over and over!! I love the shops to go and find these treasures in too, as the best ones are so stuffed with things, it's hard to walk in them. I always find the best stuff like that!! Super stuff xx

  2. i love these little packaging posts you do, they're my fav. i have loads of those lil hook and eye things from sewing shops. also a few ones you see at local corner shops. i love this joker collecting, those babies are great!

    might have to keep my eyes pealed

  3. I have a huge stamp collection! :)

  4. Oh, I love collecting travel cards: metro, train, bus tickets, etc. And I esp love the Moomin stamp. ToddlerLorp is into his Moomin book now -- Moomin and the rest of his family are so charming!

  5. I love seein what everyone collects and why. I started collecting stamps again a few years ago.

    I do also vintage graphics/packaging.


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